The second season of The X Factor came to a conclusion on Thursday, December 20 as Tate Stevens was crowned the winner during a special live two-hour season finale on Fox. Hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez revealed that following last night’s performance show, Stevens had the highest number of votes over runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar and second runner-up Fifth Harmony.
Stevens, 37, who was mentored by L.A. Reid, emerged as America’s choice and the winner of the coveted The X Factor title and a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music. In addition, this year’s winner will also receive production and creative support to develop, create, record and shoot his first original track and music video. The prize culminates with the winner’s video premiering as a Pepsi commercial during the live telecast of the “55th Annual Grammy Awards®.”
“First and foremost, I’ve got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me, and also my family, all the music fans, and thank you so very much for all the votes. This is the best day of my life” Tate said from the stage as he won.
The two-night event featured performances from One Direction – the global sensation that rose to fame on the U.K. version of “The X Factor” where they finished third – and world-renowned rapper Pitbull, as well as a series of duets performed Wednesday night by special guests paired up with The X Factor finalists, including country superstar LeAnn Rimes with Carly Rose Sonenclar, pop singer and The x Factor judge Demi Lovato with Fifth Harmony and country music group Little Big Town with Tate Stevens. The X FactorTop 13 Finalists also reunited for a special performance of “You Are Not Alone,” in tribute to the Newtown, CT, families.
Online auditions for the third season of The X Factor are now open through June 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM PT. Solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over may submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos at www.TheXFactorUSA.com. In addition to online auditions, aspiring performers will soon be able to participate in open call auditions held in Los Angeles, CA (March 6, 2013); Charleston, SC (March 19, 2013); New Orleans, LA (April 14, 2013); Long Island, NY (April 25, 2013); and Denver, CO (May 14, 2013).
For more information and full terms, conditions and eligibility, please visit: www.TheFactorUSA.com
I was live on the scene for the two night finale and I spoke with L.A. Reid who was the mentor for winner Tate Stevens. Click on the link to see what he had to say to myself and few reports backstage after the finale. L.A. Reid mentions that he may sign 4 or 5 of the artists from this year’s The X Factor and more.
Check back to this page for more news and interviews from the finale.